figoliuxi,The comments here are all fairly sensible. I'd definitely focus on the job as it is mathematically intersting - the main thing I've learnt in life is that there is no such thing as certainty with jobs, so you can't put too much emphasis on predictions on industries. On that basis I wouldn't be into using a job as a "stepping stone", as you'll probably have to restart at the bottom when you become a quant or even do it by getting contract/temp experience at a low rate, which you may not be able to do later in life if you have commitments. Holding out for a quant job isn't too bad if this betting job doesn't work out.Rather than be "glad with what you got", you probably should be glad from what you have gained from your financial training which I hope is a fundamental understanding of risk and uncertainty that makes you aware of how little you can hold onto. Unfortunately (speaking from experience) it doesn't exactly take from the stress, but most people in FServices are usually better prepared to accept it when they lose their job than some people in other industries, considering how often we analyse stress/market crash scenarios.Also good to hear this non-finance job is mathemetical and not something like Junior Pencil Sharpener at Piddly Random Company Ltd or something that could be potentially poxy for a mathematician like hedge fund accountancy (I know an ex-string theorist who is an accountant).